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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 2:12pm
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FromNYtoSF Said:

I have the breville smart grinder.  It's great.  Highly recommend it.

Posted June 14, 2013 link

Useable? Barely, when used for espresso

Great? Not by a long shot, when used for espresso

The person who wrote this just got her minimum 10 posts and then sold her Silvia through the BST forum. She claimed to have only used it 4 times...so, take her advice with a barrel of salt.

 
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Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 8:51am
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Just left a review for it.  I know it gets knocked a lot, but for me "barely" means that there are only a few settings I can use for real espresso, so in that sense it is very limited.  That said, if you are pairing it with, say, a Breville espresso machine then it actually is pretty great.  Personally for it's price, I think it is a great stepping stone.  Pair it with a low-mid range machine and start learning, then sell them and move up when you know what you are doing.
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Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 3:48pm
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Capybaras Said:

Just left a review for it.  I know it gets knocked a lot, but for me "barely" means that there are only a few settings I can use for real espresso, so in that sense it is very limited.  That said, if you are pairing it with, say, a Breville espresso machine then it actually is pretty great...snip...

Posted October 24, 2013 link

if you are including the BDB (Breville Dual Boiler) in that group, i would have to strongly disagree.  in the case of the BDB, as with established apex machines like the GS/3 or Speedster, the limiting factor will always be the grinder.  any grinder. put another way, the BDB has virtually no faults or foibles that need to be worked around, (it's questionable long term durability is not related to how well it extracts expresso).  so with the BDB, you are well served to get the absolute best grinder you can afford.  or put a third way, the long standing advice in the espresso community, that the grinder is most important, is especially applicable when you have a completely capable machine like the BDB.

it is in the preceding regards that the smart grinder is NOT a good match for the BDB.  the BDB is a far far far better espresso maker than the smart grinder is a grinder.  the fact that they make a good match looks-wise is very very misleading.

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Posted Sat Nov 2, 2013, 6:37pm
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Agreed, I was not referring to the dual boiler
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Posted Tue Nov 5, 2013, 11:54am
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I can't stress it enough.  If you are using it for non espresso purposes it is an excellent grinder.  I use it for my morning drip on my Technivorm and it yields a great grind and a great cup.  Looks good, easy to operate, clean, simple and cheap.    The only knock is that when I try to grind a larger batch for a full 10 european cups the machine sounds like it starts to labour and there is a residual smell of (ozone) in the air.  The motor is definitely its weak point, however it hasn't failed me yet.
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Posted Mon Sep 29, 2014, 5:15pm
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I need a couple of parts that are not available here...

BPBCG800130

Woul love to hear from some one that could find a supplier and cost.  We can go from there...

http://media.needapart.co.nz/manuals/BCG800.pdf

 
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